#BEENBOSS | Rahama Wright: Driving Profits Through Passion

About the #BEENBOSS Series:  In honor of Black History Month, Walker’s Legacy is proud to launch its #BEENBOSS video series designed to take a deeper look into the contributions that Black women have made and continue to make in fields of education, politics, health, and business. Each featured profile draws a connection to historical trailblazers such as Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner, and Madam C.J. Walker to discuss present-day strategies for success for aspiring and established women.

I think that all businesses should be social enterprises

Rahama Wright, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty, LLC

Shea Yeleen markets and distributes high-quality skincare products, while providing living wages to cooperative members in Northern Ghana. Rahama discusses the legacy of Madame C.J. Walker and how she used her savvy business acumen led her to be one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. Madame C.J. Walker was born of humble beginnings and after suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss, she invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905 that led to the employment of thousands and to the benefit of her community.


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Want to know more about these featured bosses?  Check out their detailed biographies below.

Rahama Wright, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty, LLC
Rahama Wright is a social entrepreneur working to innovate the shea butter supply chain in West Africa. Her social enterprise Shea Yeleen markets and distributes high-quality skincare products while providing living wages to cooperative members in Northern Ghana. The line of shea butter products is being distributed through 100+ Whole Foods Markets, Amazon.com, and SheaYeleen.com. Shea Yeleen has been featured in various publications and media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, Forbes Woman Africa, Voice of America, and CNBC Africa.
Madam C. J. Walker
Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919) was lauded as “the first black woman millionaire in America” for her successful line of hair care products. Born Sarah Breedlove, she was widowed by age 20 and took work as a laundress. After seeking treatment for hair loss, she developed the “Walker system” and sold her homemade products directly to black women. A talent for self-promotion helped build a booming enterprise, and she spent lavishly on luxurious homes. Walker also funded scholarships for women at the Tuskegee Institute and donated large sums to the NAACP, the black YMCA and dozens of other charities.

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